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Battle of Taif
Part of Arab Revolt of the Middle Eastern theatre of World War I
DateJuly 1916
LocationTa’if, Hejaz Vilayet
Result Decisive Allied victory
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
British Raj Red Ensign.svg British Raj
Arab Revolt Arab Army
Ottoman Empire Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
United Kingdom T. E. Lawrence
United Kingdom Edmund Allenby
Arab Revolt Abdullah I of Jordan
Arab Revolt Fajir bin Shleyoih
Ottoman Empire Ahmed Tevfik Pasha
Ottoman Empire Fakhri Pasha
supported by British-supplied artillery[1]
1,200[2]-3,000[1] (military and civilian inhabitants)[2]
Casualties and losses
Most surendered

The Battle of Taif was fought between Ottoman forces and Syed Hussien bin Ali Sharif of Mecca in 1916. Ottoman Army was in Taif, Syed's forces besieged the city and after many weeks siege and fiercest struggle Syed's forces were able to capture the Taif. After the fall of Mecca in July 1916 the fall of Taif was a major blow for Turks who were fighting in First World War against Britain. The British helped Syed Hussien's bin Ali's Forces by providing them with guns.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Spencer C. Tucker, Arab Revolt (1916-1918), The Encyclopedia of World War I, ABC-CLIO, 2005, ISBN 1-85109-420-2, page 117.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Military Intelligence and the Arab Revolt: The first modern intelligence war, Polly a. Mohs, Routledge, ISBN 1-134-19254-1, page 41.


Coordinates: 21°16′N 40°25′E / 21.267°N 40.417°E / 21.267; 40.417

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